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During John Wesley's student days, a poor porter knocked on Wesley's door one evening and asked to speak with him. During the conversation Wesley observed the man's thin coat. It was a cold night, and Wesley suggested that he had better get another coat. "This is the only coat I have," the porter replied, "and I thank God for it." Wesley asked the man if he had eaten and the porter answered, "I have had nothing today but water to drink but I thank God for that. "
Wesley, growing uneasy in the man's presence, reminded him that he would have to get to his quarters soon or be locked out. "Then what would you thank God for?" Wesley asked. "I will thank him that I have dry stones to lie upon." The porter replied. Wesley was deeply moved by the man's sincerity, and he said to him, "You thank God when you have nothing to wear, nothing to eat, and no bed to lie on. What else do you thank God for?" The simple man replied, "I thank God that he has given me life, a heart to love him, and a desire to serve him."
There is something about thankful people, they inspire us not because their life is without burden but because they have a way of thanking God despite it all. Thanksgiving does not depend on blessings or living in times of plenty. Thanksgiving depends on having a thankful heart. Gratitude is one of the surest signs of spiritual health.  That’s how thanksgiving grows in power and strength when our blessings seem few and far between. Look at the Pilgrims. What did the Pilgrims do after landing on these shores? They gathered with their new neighbors for a Thanksgiving meal! Think about that. The Pilgrims gathered on a determined day to give thanks for what they did have. I find it incredible how they were moved to celebrate a time of Thanksgiving even though they had suffered terribly during their persecution in England and lost half the number during their voyage to the new land. Amid all their anguish and death, they did the only logical thing: they thanked God for all they did have. Thanksgiving does not depend on having a lot of blessings to count. It has all to do with thanking God for what we do have. Of course, God doesn’t need our thanks. God is all-sufficient. He doesn’t need anything. It is us that needs to say thank you. When we give thanks, we are reminded of the “source” of everything we have. So, may this Thanksgiving open your eyes to all that God has done in your life. And my prayer is that each of us will find some way to express how thankful we are this Thanksgiving. Amen.

~Pastor Julie 

 

 
To watch what is happening click the video. Read current issue of Fuel for Grace by clicking on the blue link (November 2023 newsletter) Please note the November 2023 vol 10 newsletter is a little different than this one you have received via email. The blue link news get mail out monthly by request and we give them out to new Baby Grace families. 
 
November 2023 newsletter by Grace Church
 
We want to thank everyone that help and supported indoor trunk or treat last night. 

November 1st- 130pm Women of Faith

November 5th- Daylight Savings Time ENDs, fall back November 4th
November 5th: All Saints Worship Service
November 5th: 1230 Dinner at Lexington

November 6th: Pastor visit at John Knox

November 7th: Election Day
November 7th: 6pm PEO fellowship hall rental
November 7th: 7pm United Methodist Men's Meeting Library

November 10th Office Closed for Veterans Day

November 17-18 Holiday Open Houses

November 18: Blessing Dinner hosted by Baby Grace

November 19: Thanksgiving Dinner after worship
November 19: Thanksgiving Food Drive 

November 23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Drums Alive Wednesdays, 9-10am at Higginsville Senior Center

November 8th: Second Wednesday fundraiser Senior Center

November 5th: Toby Mac live from Denver @Davis Theatre 

World Community Day, The church women of Higginsville and Corder invite you to join them at the John Knox Village East Activity Room Friday, November 3, 2023 9:30am Hospitality 10am

December 3rd: Hanging of the Greens worship service 

To see more events and to stay up to date scan the QR code above! Call the office to make sure your event is on the Calander 
 
Thank you all for your continued support to your local food pantry each month we take over more and more. United Methodist Men would like to remind everyone that we are doing 2 donations this month, one on November 5 and the second on November 19
The Baby Grace Ministry of Grace United Methodist Church in Higginsville has been helping to provide aide to families in and around our community for 16 years as of this past June. It is one of about twenty chapters in western Missouri. The idea was born in the church in Buckner, Missouri. A teacher in the Fort Osage School District saw girls dropping out of school because they needed help to take care of their babies. Good news travels fast and when the founders visited our women’s group a group from our church decided to visit and learn more. They decided to check out the need in our community. We soon learned that not just teen girls, but families needed help. We have focused on all who ask for help. We do not ask for any income information but will help all who ask. We ask that they fill out a contact sheet with name, address, phone, email and name and age of children up to the age of 10. We give diapers, and wipes weekly or once, whatever our families need. All are welcome. We are open every Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm, starting October 5th, we will be joining up twice a month with WIC. We will be open on Thursdays with WIC from 9am to 3pm. Parents will be able to pick up what they need at that time. Families can always call the church office outside of Wednesdays for help if needed. Each child from birth to 4 years old receives at least 30 diapers and a package of wipes each week. Pull ups are available for a limited time for children who are actively potty training. They get 20 of these a week. We also have gently used clothing, and some new that is donated. We pass on all the things donated to us. We also have toys (no stuff animals unless they are new), books, bottles, beds (no drop side), highchairs, potty training seats, baby baths, and more. We also have some formula, baby food, breast pumps and such that moms might need for their families. We gladly welcome donations from the community. We love diapers in all sizes we will take open packages of diapers and replace them with the size you need. We have preemie to size 7 diapers or pull-ups, wipes, and all clothing from birth to size 10, or anything for babies or children. These can be left the church west side 16 W 15th St or I will pick up. Call the church office at 660.584.2211 or Martha the chapter director at 660.238.9266. We love to host events for our families, visit our Facebook page @GUMHigginsville to join the Baby Grace Facebook Group and the churches website at higginsvillemethodist.com. These are free to our families but are not required. They are for fun, fellowship, and learning. If you know someone who could use a little help, please tell them about us. We want to make a difference for the children and families of our community.
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